See also School: Class 2.
See also Alison King.September 1959
1. Early in September 1959, I went into the penultimate class at Church Road County Primary School, Class 2. The teacher was tall, sparely built Mr. F. R. Robinson, with greying hair and a bald crown.
2. It may have been[i] in Class 2 that we learned of the travels of St. Paul, and also of the rise of “Mohammedanism”. The fact that I couldn’t remember the name of the angel that appeared to Mohammed, and wrote “Georgina”, may account for my gaining only 19 marks out of a possible 20 in the July exam.
3. We looked at North America: I specifically remember references to “prairies” and the vast wheat-cultivation there, and storage in what were called “elevators”. I was intrigued by the story of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and by some of the names along it, like
“Moose Jaw” and “Medicine Hat”; and remember drawing a mountain in section with a spiral rail tunnel passing through it.
Monday 30th May 1960
5. In May 1960, Nanny and Grandad Paine brought back for Steven and me poetry manuscript books from their holiday in Germany. We used them as autograph books; and on Monday 30th May 1960 I took mine to school and got Mr. Robinson, my class-teacher, to sign it. I didn’t invite any of my classmates to do the same, though.[more]
6. In July 1960, Mr. Robinson was “very pleased to note a little ‘speeding up’.”
Tuesday 26th July 1960
7. As in every year but one at Church Road, I came top of the class and, as in Class 3, I got a “real” book, as opposed to the large, thin, fully illustrated books I got in the earlier years. It was a book on astronomy entitled The Starry Heavens.[iii]
[iii] For events following this, see My poetry manuscript book: Saturday 30th July 1960.
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